Lake’s new online skills finder links businesses to workforce

lake-county-skills-finder-logoA new interactive online tool will connect businesses, students, parents, and educators in an effort to create better access to skills-building programs.

The Lake County Skills Finder showcases educational programs, with a focus on career technical education, within the Lake County School District, Lake Technical College, and Lake-Sumter State College. The Skills Finder was recently launched by Elevate Lake, a county office that promotes economic development; the Lake County Workforce Taskforce; and Lake County GIS (Geographic Information Services), a news release states.

The Skills Finder, at bit.ly/2N7oqI3, provides direct access to the variety of career technical education pathways that are preparing the skilled employees needed in today’s job market. Through an easy-to-navigate online application, students and parents can research available programs in their community. Additionally, businesses can identify opportunities to engage with educators and students as they work together to build the workforce needed now and in the future.

“We are pleased to have collaborated with the Lake County GIS staff and Workforce Taskforce members in the creation of the Skills Finder,” Brandon Matulka, executive director of Lake County’s Agency for Economic Prosperity, says in the release. “This dynamic tool, featuring more than 15 CTE skills-building learning tracks, has been designed for local as well as out-of-county businesses. The Skills Finder provides a platform to reach businesses at a local, regional, and national level, showcasing that Lake County has the workforce needed to be successful.”

Career technical education promotes academic advancement at 18 Lake County middle and high schools by providing job training and employability skills. Nearly 12,000 students were enrolled in career technical education programs last year, and more than a quarter of those students earned industry certifications through the program.

For more information on Lake County’s economic development initiatives, visit elevatelake.com and follow @ElevateLakeFL on Facebook.

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